A friend of mine once asked me if talent can beat hard work. It didn’t take me a second to give her a concrete answer that I perceived as fit to cover every possibility of her doubting the facts related to the issue.
A single scenario was able to make her see the issue through the reflection of my eyes. Let’s say you have tonnes of talents, but you are actually too lazy to even work on them and perfect them, not even mention upgrading them as time moves on. Do you think you stand a chance against someone of the same temperament who isn’t too blessed in that area but puts effort, dedication and hard work in his work?
Nope, you rip according to the amount of hard work you put into your grind.
But wait, we are constantly told that we can achieve whatever we want if we try our best, but this will not be possible without an ounce of hard work. This contains so much truth in itself it is by far the best angle to look at these two insights. With hard work you can be whoever you want to be and wherever you want to be, but with talent alone one is more restricted to certain areas only.
Hard work helps you set your own boundaries, makes you explore other opportunities out of the circle of your talent, but above all, hard work is the route to excelling in life.
There are two things we can be certain of, firstly being smart is a very useful attribute; and secondly, a determined mind can outperform the smartest of individuals, as long as they set their minds to it and work hard towards achieving the best of what is in themselves.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying that we should go out there and get into any profession, in which you will have to work your way up. The moral is that we should all try to find ourselves by finding our strengths, knowing our interests and working hard towards scooping nothing but the best of what our highest potential and hard work can contain.
Well, now it is all up to us, fellow youngsters, to decide whether we want to be hardworking with modest talents, or be smart and lazy. Make an informed choice and stick to it.
Besides, you have the last say and we all know that nothing beats your own mindset.